noun, plural drums, (especially collectively for 11) drum.
- any of several cylindrical or nearly cylindrical stones laid one above the other to form a column or pier.
- a cylindrical or faceted construction supporting a dome.
verb (used without object), drummed, drum·ming.
verb (used with object), drummed, drum·ming.
- (formerly) to expel or dismiss from a military service in disgrace to the beat of a drum.
- to dismiss in disgrace: He was drummed out of the university for his gambling activities.
- to call or summon by, or as if by, beating a drum.
- to obtain or create (customers, trade, interest, etc.) through vigorous effort: They were unable to drum up enthusiasm for the new policies.
- to concoct; devise: to drum up new methods of dealing with urban crime.
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Idioms for drum
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OTHER WORDS FROM drumun·der·drum·ming, noun
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Definition for drums (2 of 2)
noun Scot., Irish English.
Origin of drum2
Example sentences from the Web for drums
But they had not quit and here they now were as the Emerald Society Pipes and Drums came into the Garden.
The NYPD Emerald Society pipes and drums struck up a slow march and the procession began the journey to the cemetery.Choking Back Tears, Thousands of Cops Honor Fallen Officer Ramos|Michael Daly|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The “rooty toot toot” is simply the noise the horns make, while “rummy tum tum” is the drums.The Most Confusing Christmas Music Lyrics Explained (VIDEO)|Kevin Fallon|December 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was one night, with Tony Williams on drums and, I think, Richard Davis on bass.
But, like a traditional shaman, Coltrane clearly believed that the drums served as a springboard to a higher order of engagement.
Ten little robins played the drums, which were tiny twigs from the apple tree.Daddy's Bedtime Bird Stories|Mary Graham Bonner
In their incantations they use rattles, and also drums and bells.Musical Myths and Facts, Volume II (of 2)|Carl Engel
The drums took on a rhythm, a throbbing in 5/8 time, rapid, venomous.West Of The Sun|Edgar Pangborn
To her beauty had come a new quality which stirred the senses of her husband like a roll of drums.The Tyranny of Weakness|Charles Neville Buck
A portion of the cedar dowels which connected the drums of the columns of the Propylaea may be seen in the Bronze Room.
British Dictionary definitions for drums (1 of 2)
- one of a number of cylindrical blocks of stone used to construct the shaft of a column
- the wall or structure supporting a dome or cupola